Britain against Trump update


This video from England says about itself:

30 January 2017

The StandUpToTrump rally at London’s Whitehall on Monday 30th January 2017 drew tens of thousands of people, protesting against Donald Trump’s ban against Muslims entering (or re-entering) the USA.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Huge call to stand up to Trump‘s proposed visit

Monday 20th February 2017

Rally at Westminster as MPs debate May’s invitation to the billionaire bigot

TENS of thousands will demonstrate against Donald Trump tonight to coincide with a debate in Parliament on the US president’s state visit.

The debate has been prompted by a staggering 1.8 million-name petition demanding Prime Minister Theresa May’s invitation to the billionaire bigot be scrapped in the wake of his so-called “Muslim ban.”

MPs, Muslim organisations and campaign groups will join the protest, with events planned across the country in conjunction with migrants rights group One Day Without Us.

One Day Without Us spokeswoman Fizza Qureshi said: “Migrants are not a drain on our society and not bargaining chips in negotiations: they are people with lives, who make a huge contribution to Britain.”

On Saturday hundreds attended a national organising summit as the Stand Up to Trump coalition vowed to stop the state visit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the gathering: “Donald Trump was elected president of the United States by attacking women, by attacking Muslims, by abusing Mexicans and Mexico and threatening to build a wall.

Our Prime Minister rushed over there to see him and has refused to answer my questions about the future of US healthcare companies and their relationship with our NHS.”

Mr Corbyn repeated his call for the state visit to be cancelled.

He said: “This is about the kind of world we want to live in. This is about peace, justice and democracy.”

NUT East London secretary Alex Kenny warned: “It is Muslim children in our classrooms that feel afraid since Trump’s election. It is Muslim children that feel targeted.”

National Union of Students spokeswoman Barbara Ntumy said: “I’m not a Mexican. I’m not a Muslim. But if you want to get to them, you’ve got to get through me.”

And Campaign Against Climate Change spokeswoman Suzanne Jeffries warned: “Trump is a threat to the planet.”

With rumours that Mr Trump’s visit may be switched from London to the Midlands, Birmingham NUT member Bridget Parsons warned: “Fox News said that Birmingham is a no-go area for non-Muslims.

We must make it a no-go area for Trump.”

But she warned against dividing the movement over Brexit: “We want one organisation. We want Leavers and Remainers united.”

Tonight’s demonstration will take place in Parliament Square from 6pm.

Trump wants more deportations from the USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

How Trump’s Deportations Are Breaking Up Real Families

10 February 2017

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos appears to be one of first undocumented immigrants deported under the Trump administration. Ben Mankiewicz, Hannah Cranston, Brett Erlich, and Aida Rodriguez, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos had been in the United States for nearly two decades before she was deported Wednesday to her native country of Mexico.

The married mother of two is thought to be one of the first undocumented immigrants to be deported since US President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January cracking down on illegal immigration.

Her supporters say the deportation shows that Trump’s policy needlessly tears families apart and fails to prioritize dangerous offenders. Here’s what we know about the case so far…

The role of President Trump’s executive order tightening enforcement of illegal immigration laws is another point of contention.
Under the new administration’s policy announced last month, any undocumented immigrant convicted or charged with a crime that hasn’t been adjudicated could be deported. Under the Obama administration, only undocumented immigrants convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors were prioritized for deportation. …

Maldonado and other supporters, including Phoenix’s mayor, believe Trump’s executive order had everything to do with it.”*

Read more here.

From Reuters news agency:

Sat Feb 18, 2017 | 9:56pm EST

Trump administration to expand groups of immigrants to be deported: documents

The Trump administration plans to direct immigration agents to greatly expand the categories of immigrants they target for deportation, according to drafts of two memos seen by Reuters and first reported by McClatchy news organization on Saturday.

Two sources familiar with the plans told Reuters the documents have been approved by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, but are under final review by the White House. They are expected to be released to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) early next week.

Under the orders, hundreds of thousands of people would face expedited removal proceedings, including those that had not been prioritized for deportation under former President Barack Obama.

The memos are guidance to instruct agents in the field to implement two executive orders signed by Trump on Jan. 25 intended to deter future migration and drive out more illegal migrants from the United States.

One memo instructs ICE agents to ignore Obama’s memos on immigration priorities that targeted only recent arrivals and convicted criminal migrants for deportation. Instead, migrants who have been charged with crimes but not convicted would be prioritized for deportation. The guidance also allows ICE agents wide discretion in deciding who to deport and considers anyone in the United States illegally to be subject to deportation.

The guidance does leave in place Obama’s 2012 executive action that protected 750,000 people brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The fate of the policy, known as DACA, has been hotly debated within the White House, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Trump said in a news conference Friday that DACA was a “very difficult subject” for him.

The ICE memo also states that immigrants will not be afforded rights under U.S. privacy laws.

The second memo instructs CBP officers to crack down on illegal migration at the border by holding migrants in detention until a determination in their case is made.

The Department of Homeland Security did not deny any information contained in the draft memos but did not provide further detail.

A source familiar with the guidance said the memos were scheduled to be distributed on Friday but the White House made a last-minute request to review them. It is not known whether the White House may alter the guidance.

Stand Up to Trump Britain update


This video from England says about itself:

30 January 2017

In response to the xenophobic and racist executive order signed by Donald Trump, the new president of United States of America, which immediately barred entry to the US to any national of countries (namely Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) which have been most damaged by past and present US adventurism and violence sponsored by the US government or its allies or carried out directly by the US military and/or those of its allies, regardless of whether these nationals were US residents/citizens, protests erupted around the world. Protests were held in the UK, on the 30th of January 2017, as an emergency show of public disapproval of the executive order as well as disapproval of the reaction of United Kingdom’s prime minister, Theresa May, who had already invited Donald Trump to a state visit to the UK and refused to rebuke the executive order, which was signed by Trump shortly after her visit with him at the White House, where they were photographed holding hands while walking together.

This video shows highlights of protests held at Whitehall, London, opposite Downing Street (the UK prime minister’s official residence). More details on protests held around the UK on this day can be found here.

Some of the common slogans shouted by demonstrators in London, who had completely packed the length of Whitehall (from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square), were:

Shame on (Theresa) May,
Say it loud. Say it clear. Refugees are welcome here,
No state visit,
No Trump. No KKK. No Fascist USA.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Campaign to dump Trump gathers steam

Saturday 18th February 2017

Hundreds gather to plan state visit protest

HUNDREDS of people are gathering in central London today to demand that Prime Minister Theresa May cancel a planned state visit for US President Donald Trump.

The newly formed Stand Up to Trump committee — a broad coalition of trade unions, Muslim organisations and campaign groups — is holding a national organising summit to stop the billionaire bigot’s state visit to Britain, which is expected to take place over the summer.

Activists have vowed to hold the “biggest ever protest in British history” if his visit goes ahead.

The summit takes place as Mr Trump has escalated his attacks on minorities, with a leaked memo documenting chilling plans to mobilise 100,000 reserve troops to round up millions of unauthorised immigrants in the US.

It would be the first time that national guards would be used on immigration matters away from the Mexican border, with troop deployments potentially taking place in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The document states that troops would be used “to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States.”

Census data suggests that almost half of the country’s 11.1 million “unauthorised” immigrants live in the 11 states targeted.

A Stand Up to Trump spokesman said: “A new movement is being born to impress upon Theresa May and her government our opposition to US President Donald Trump being accorded a state visit or any official visit to this country.

Racism, sexism, misogyny, Islamophobia, antisemitism, homophobia, war-mongering, climate change denial or policies designed to boost the wealth of the already super-rich should not be rewarded or celebrated in this country.

“Most people in Britain want no part of it. They do not expect our government to condone or celebrate such policies or the values that stand behind them. That is why we say no Trump in Britain.”

Stand Up to Trump has called for the biggest possible demonstration outside Parliament on Monday February 20 from 3pm to coincide with the Westminster Hall debate on the visit, triggered after a petition gathered 1.8m signatures.

DONALD TRUMP’S stumbling administration took another blow on Thursday evening when retired vice-admiral Robert Harward turned down an offer to be the president’s new national security adviser: here.

Some of the statements coming out of the White House such as the idea that more countries should get nuclear weapons or that climate change is a Chinese hoax may appear deranged but actually do constitute a real threat that needs to be vigorously opposed, says KEN LIVINGSTONE.

UNION and worker lobbying, combined with GOP senators’ qualms about his issue stands and business practices, forced fast food magnate Andrew Puzder to drop out of being Donald Trump’s nominee as secretary of labour earlier this week: here.

British government jails raped African women


One Day Withous Us in Britain

By Elizabeth Tswana and Anna Cross in England:

Victims of rape treated with suspicion and scorn

Friday 17th February 2017

A Ugandan refugee and gang rape victim, Erioth Mwesigwa escaped to Britain. But the government locked her up in Yarl’s Wood. Elizabeth Tswana and Anna Cross tell her harrowing story

WE ARE the All African Women’s Group, a self-help group of women seeking asylum, based at the Crossroads Women’s Centre in London.

Once a fortnight, 90 to 100 women from different countries come together to discuss our legal cases, share experiences and support each other.

One of our members, Erioth Mwesigwa, a 59-year-old woman who suffered multiple gang rape by soldiers in Uganda, has been detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

Erioth has helped other women with their legal cases, spoken at public events and regularly attends our fortnightly meetings. Last Friday, guards came to her room in detention to take her to the airport but Erioth bravely refused to go.

Now the High Court has refused her claim and told her she has to go back to Uganda to appeal.

We cannot allow this. Erioth won’t survive and we refuse to allow anyone to be sent back to their death.

Erioth was targeted by soldiers because her husband was suspected of opposing former Ugandan president Milton Obote.

A family member who hid her in his house after she escaped from prison was subsequently killed.

She spent years in hiding in Uganda before she finally managed to escape to Britain and meet with her (now ex-) husband and family, who had already been granted refugee status. However, when Erioth asked for the same, she was refused.

Many of us in the All African Women’s Group are victims of rape and other torture.

We too have been in detention and threatened with removal.

A few of our members have been sent back to their country of origin and have suffered further rape and abuse.

It is the actions of governments like the British that fuel wars in Africa that make us flee in the first place.

We are forced to be refugees. Yet when we come here to get safety we are treated like beggars and scroungers.

The Home Office has accepted that Erioth is a victim of rape but they still want to deport her because the rape happened a long time ago.

We hear on the news every day how victims of abuse in this country have come out after so many years and are still scarred and traumatised.

Who would dare say to them that they should just get over it?

Erioth is clearly still very badly affected by what happened to her and has never had the support she needed to recover until she met us.

We have been in touch with Erioth every day since she was detained.

She said to us: “When I was in Uganda I had to spend all those years in hiding and fear that one day I will be found by the soldiers again.

“After all that, I have finally found a place where I feel safe with people who care about me. It has given me hope for my life. I do not have anyone who I can return to in Uganda. Here I have my family and friends who look after me.”

Women Against Rape, which is also supporting Erioth, has shown that 88 per cent of victims of rape and sexual violence are disbelieved when they claim asylum.

Even though it is well known that in some countries rape is widespread and used as a way of waging war on the community, when we arrive in Britain and say we have been raped, we are treated with suspicion and forced to prove in every little detail what we have been through.

We believe that Erioth should be able to stay in here and remain a part of our group.

Please join our protest and write to the Home Secretary to demand that Erioth is released from detention and given the right to stay.

Elizabeth Tswana and Anna Cross are member of the campaigning All African Women’s Group. You can join the protest against Erioth’s detention and removal as part of the One Day Without Us event on Monday February 20 outside the Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, Westminster, SW1P 4DF, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. For more information on the One Day Without Us visit 1daywithoutus.org.